Experience the authentic cultures at Kayah

Loikaw    3d2n

Highlights

Visit the state capital of Loikaw, and see the top sights, including Broken Mountain Pagoda
Enjoy a short trek in the mountain, lead by local community members, with stunning views
Visit a local artisan in their home, to see how tradional Kayan (Long Neck) crafts are made.
How does this tour help local people?
Golden Express Tours are proud to support the work of the International Trade Center of the UN, developing community based tourism (CBT) in Kayah State, for poverty alleviation and cultural conservation and exchange. Local community members have been trained, and developed new skills in hospitality ; Local people are employed as local guides and cooks are paid a fair price for their services ; Local people have the opportunity to meet and share ideas with visitors.

Inclusions

    Private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
    English speaking guide
    Hotel pick up and drop off

Exclusions

    Personal expenses
    Food & beverages (except on day 2 in Loikaw)
    Gratuities for guide and driver
    Visits not mentioned in the program

Terms & Conditions

Please Note
To confirm your booking details, please send an e-mail at least 48 hours prior to departure. Please make sure you have a printed voucher with you and present it to our staff at the meeting point.
Once booked, refunds are not available due to reservation requirements.
Guide service will not be included for single traveler.
Pick up: Hotel pick-up may be as early as 1 hour prior to tour start time. Please be ready in your hotel lobby 10 minutes prior to the pick-up time provided. We will confirm you one day earlier a precise time by email.

Full Itinerary

Day 1:YANGON - LOIKAW


Guide will pick you up at your hotel lobby and transfer to Yangon Airport for domestic flight to Loikaw. Upon arrival, transfer from Loikaw airport to your hotel (Room might not be ready for check-in; international check-in time is 14:00 hours). In the afternoon, spend the day with fun insights into local life and culture in Hta Nee La Leh, Kayah community. You are welcomed by members of Hta Nee La Leh's community tourism club which has been organized by International Trade Center, Kayah. Visit by an Ox Cart ride the Kayhtoebo site and Hunting Shrine, to learn about local beliefs and spiritual life. Later, you will visit two homes. First, you visit a local musician's house, listen to traditional Instruments and try your hand playing them. Then, you visit another house to learn about traditional Kayah dress.
In the evening enjoy sunset time at Thirimingala Pagoda (Taung Kwe Zedi) which is in the centre of town there is an impressive rock on which stands. The climb up (over various steep steps) is worthwhile, for a great view over the city and the nearby hills.
Lunch and dinner will be to your own account.
Overnight in Loikaw.

Day 2 : LOIKAW


In the morning, drive about 45 minutes towards the Padaung villages of Pan Pet. Padaung women, sometimes known as 'giraffe women' or 'long-necked women', traditionally wear a great many brass rings around their necks and ankles, starting from the age of six or seven, and added each year. The original purpose was to repel prospective kidnappers. Today only elderly women still wear these rings, as the younger generation no longer follows the tradition.
On arrival, you are welcomed in a local home where you will enjoy a hot drink and a simple, local snack. After this, travel to Pemsong hamlet and enjoy a moderately challenging trek, through lush, shady, forest. After a short climb (30-40 minutes), enjoy over 3 hours of continual, great views. En route, local guides will show guests various edible plants and herbal medicines which are used by community members in their 'jungle larder.'
A highlight of the trip is arriving at the original settlement of Pan Pet, perched on a mountain top, where evidence of past habitation is visible. This is considered one of the first Kayan settlements of Kayah state. Also enjoy a pack lunch or jungle picnic. The trek ends in Rang Ku hamlet, where you can meet the famous Kayan people (popularly known as Long Neck Karen), who are a symbol of Kayah state. Enjoy learning a few words of Kayan language and interacting with these fun-loving and artistic people. There are opportunities to buy local handicrafts.
Lunch and dinner will be to your own account.
Overnight in Loikaw

Day 3 : LOIKAW - YANGON


Breakfast at hotel. You will be transferred to Loikaw airport for your flight to Yangon. Upon arrival at Yangon domestic airport, transfer to either your hotel or to the airport for your onward flight.


from $565 per pax ( US Dollars )

Notes:
1. Children 3 years old and under are free. Children above 3 years will need to be paid as Adults.
2. For Ballooning tours, children under the age of 8 years will not be allowed to fly. Children aged between 8 and 16 years will need to be paid as Adults, and must be over 137cm tall (4 feet 6 inches). Additionally, they need to be accompanied by a paying adult.
3. Tours require a 3-day advance booking.
For tours on short notice, please use Contact Us Form

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